ERIC Number: ED208503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Description of the Occupational Ethos of the Senior High School Principalship.
McCullough, Richard A.
The description reported here is the result of an analysis of two major dimensions of the occupation of the senior high school principal: the orientations engendered by occupational structures and the meanings attached by principals to their work. A guide was developed for use in semi-structured "intensive,""elite" interviews with 15 principals in central Ohio. The interviews were conducted by the researcher in the principals' own schools. The general and open-ended questions focused on those dimensions of the occupation that provide insights into its ethos--the structures of occupational recruitment, socialization, and reward, and the meanings that high school principals attach to their work. The following dimensions reflect the basic elements of the principal's occupational ethos; an insular view of the high school social system, an emphasis on leadership style, a concern for the process of schooling rather than for the product, and a sense of control over the domain of the high school. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).